For those of you who would like to start your own knitting group there is help. Simply go to: www.meetup.com and pick a name for your group. It can be as simple as Portland Knitters Group or some catchy phrase. Anything you chose as long as it's clean . For a monthly fee of say, $19 you are the admin head and if you can get others to chip in a few bucks, your costs should get covered. It's a great way to meet people and share in the wonderful world of knitting. You may see other great groups to join also. Joining is generally free. Good luck!
I've wondered why I should pay someone to start a knitting group they'll never attend. At the moment I teach a beginning class at my library. Tehre's one woman who already knew how to knit and perhaps she and I can get together and things might grow from there.